iOS app Android app

Stand Your Ground

Reviving Hope in Troubling Times: Ferguson and the Futures of Black Boys

Roderick Carey | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Roderick Carey

If other black boys become used to grand jury decisions like this one, how can they -- or their families and friends -- ever hope to rekindle trust in American justice or democracy? If teenagers know only cynicism of the system that is supposed to protect them, both they and the greater society lose.

The Koch Brothers Sneak Into School

Bill Bigelow | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

This month in Boston, thousands of teachers will gather for the annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference. Two non-teachers will be there, too: Charles and David Koch, the notorious right-wing billionaires.

SiX Could Be the Answer to ALEC

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The new liberal counterpart will be named the State Innovation Exchange, or "SiX." Creative capitalization seems to be their first innovation. But I shouldn't get snarky about their branding, because the basic idea is a good one: counterbalance the impressive inroads Republicans have made in state legislatures.

Democratic Lawmaker Says 'Stand Your Ground' Laws Benefit Black Defendants

AP | MIKE SCHNEIDER | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A federal civil rights commission evaluating racial disparities in the "stand your ground" laws is being told that they benefit...

Another Tech Giant Parts Ways With ALEC

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

Another tech giant is parting ways with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Yahoo's withdrawal from the group was confirmed in a stat...

There Were Elections on Tuesday? Do We Have a New President?

Desmond Miller | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Desmond Miller

Sadly this is the reality our country lives in. Many Americans, young and old, do not pay attention to local or state elections. Less than 18 percent of registered voters cast a ballot in Michigan's primary this year.

US Slammed for Failure to Fulfill Legal Obligation to Eliminate All Forms of Race Discrimination

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Three weeks after the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the CERD published a scathing report detailing how the U.S. has failed to fulfill its legal obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. Since the U.S. ratified this treaty, it is part of U.S. law.

UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality

Reuters | Stephanie Nebehay | Posted 09.01.2014 | Black Voices

* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record * Says killing of Michael Brown "not an isolated event" * Decries racial bias of poli...

The Killing of Black Men Is an American Human Rights Disaster

David A. Love | Posted 10.22.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

For decades, American civil rights advocates have connected the dots between the domestic fight for civil rights and the international struggle for human rights.

ReThink Review: The Purge: Anarchy -- An Unlikely Allegorical Franchise

Jonathan Kim | Posted 09.24.2014 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

The Purge had interesting ideas but ultimately failed as the horror film it was marketed as. But with Anarchy, the pretense of being a horror movie seems to have been abandoned, leaving something pretty unique: a political allegory dystopian action thriller that slyly attacks conservative ideology.

The Best Way to Say No (While Saving Your Sanity and Your Soul)

Susan Harrow | Posted 09.15.2014 | Women
Susan Harrow

Have you ever said yes to someone and then immediately regretted it? Saying no isn't always easy, but in the long run, it's always easier than living with the pain of a yes that you shouldn't have given.

Florida Extends 'Stand Your Ground' To Cover Warning Shots

The Huffington Post | Andres Jauregui | Posted 06.22.2014 | Crime

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law Friday an extension of the state's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law, which would cover warning shots....

Open Carry Makes It Easier for Criminals

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 08.10.2014 | Crime
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Criminals (and the mentally disturbed) must be popping champagne corks everywhere knowing that they can now go almost anywhere with weapon in hand, mix with the crowd until the time is right and then use it either to rob or shoot somebody.

Does Florida's Stand Your Ground Law Stand Up In a Personal Injury Case?

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 07.21.2014 | Crime
Spencer Aronfeld

Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law is probably one of the most controversial and volatile pieces of legislation I have seen in my 25 years of legal experience as a practicing attorney in Florida.

The New Cold War - Florida Style

Gary Stein | Posted 07.05.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

Right now it seems that the attitudes, fear and paranoia of the Cold War are back -- in Florida. This time, however, the weapon in question is not the atom bomb but the more personal conflict over handguns.

Montana Lawmaker Vows To Repeal Self-Defense Law After German Teen's Death

Reuters | Posted 05.02.2014 | Crime

(Reuters) - A Montana legislator said on Thursday she would seek to repeal the state's so-called "castle doctrine" after attorneys for a man accused o...

'Stand Your Ground' Law Tested In Recent Shootings

AP | MATT VOLZ and MATTHEW BROWN | Posted 07.01.2014 | Crime

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man is accused of setting a trap and blindly blasting a shotgun into his garage, killing a 17-year-old German exchang...

Time to Make George Zimmerman Disappear

Gary Stein | Posted 06.14.2014 | Miami
Gary Stein

It's time we stop using their names and start substituting their deeds when they are mentioned. Instead of saying "George Zimmerman," let's just say, "that guy who killed Trayvon."

State Senate Panel Approves Controversial Expansion To 'Stand Your Ground' Law

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

The South Carolina Senate Judiciary Subcommittee voted 3-2 Thursday to approve the "Pregnant Women's Protection Act," a measure that would expand the ...

Detroiters Have Killed 7 Home Intruders In 7 Weeks

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.19.2014 | Crime

A Wednesday shooting in Detroit marks another in a high number of alleged self-defense killings in the city this year. A 47-year-old man on Detroi...

Time to Eliminate, Not Expand Stand Your Ground Defense

Steven Kurlander | Posted 06.10.2014 | Crime
Steven Kurlander

The 'warning shot' protection does not extend to felons. Just because they have a criminal record, they can't be afforded the same self-defense privileges as those without a criminal past? That makes no sense, particularly for those convicted many years ago.

Janet Mock Sounds Off On Controversial 'Stand-Your-Ground' Case

Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender writer and advocate Janet Mock sounded off on Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced in 20 years in prison after firing a warning shot at he...

You Will Not Believe What Florida Is Doing Now

The Huffington Post | Janie Campbell | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics

After a Tampa Bay Times' review of 200 cases that involved the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law found an "uneven application" and "shocking outco...

Armed, Locked and Loaded: The Worst and Most Intimidating Gun States

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

No one should feel safe in the following states. These are states with the most Wild West gun laws where you are most likely to encounter someone -- anyone -- with a gun. And it is time to take a stand and do something about it.

Florida Legislature Seeks Compromise On Reform Of 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Reuters | Bill Cotterell | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics

MIAMI, March 17 (Reuters) - A legislative committee took a major step toward clarifying Florida's hotly debated 'stand your ground' self-defense law...